St Michael's Without

"St Michael's offers a warm welcome, a special
place nurturing hope for nine hundred years"
William Sweetland’s organ installed in St Michael’s church in 1849 represents one of his earliest instruments and has continued to provide music to its congregations and visitors for over 150 years.  As a celebration of his life, we are delighted to offer our church as a venue for the 2010 Sweetland Music Festival and The Celebrities of Bath Exhibition.
The Church of St Michael with St Paul was designed in the Early English style of Gothic architecture by the city architect C. P. Manners, who is said to have been inspired by the ornamentation and general appearance of the Lady Chapel at Salisbury Cathedral.
Construction of the present church (the fourth on the site) began on 21 April 1835, and the church was consecrated on 4 January, 1837 at a ceremony attended by the City's Mayor.  By reason of its confined site, and the fact that the building is much larger than its predecessors, the church stands North and South, instead of facing East towards Jerusalem.
The church itself was fortunate to survive unscathed during the Second World War, unlike many other churches in Bath. It was in fact a physical as well as a spiritual refuge, because the crypt became a large air-raid shelter. 
In 1951 the parish was amalgamated with that of St. Paul's Church (now Holy Trinity, Queen Square) - hence the full name of St. Michael with St. Paul. The majority of the present congregation live outside the parish, and the church's ministry is increasingly to those who work in the city centre in the daytime, and to those who visit Bath as tourists from all over Britain and the rest of the world.

In 2006/7 the church closed to carry out a major re-ordering that included removing the pews to make a flexible space for services and events, replacing the gallery, rebuilding the entrance and installing a lift to provide full access into the building, putting in facilities for a café, restoring the organ and commissioning artwork to welcome visitors into the church.

St. Michael’s is now open seven days a week, welcoming visitors and hosting events and seeking to serve God by offering hospitality to everyone and anyone.  We aspire to be a serving, loving, engaging, inspiring, hospitable, honest, praying and worshiping group of people. We don't agree about everything, and we don't always get it right, but we still seek to encourage each other to follow the Jesus who unites us and who is transforming our lives.

We are committed to supporting our neighbours in the centre of Bath. Sometimes this is through offering hospitality; sometimes this is through a commitment to shopping locally; sometimes this is through prayer.

We also try to do things slowly. There is an African saying that we need time to allow our souls to catch up with our bodies. So we try and avoid the rush which undermines friendship. Prayer is important to us in this respect.

We work with a wide variety of partners in and around the city. We run our parents and toddlers group on Friday mornings in the crypt, lunches for the Genesis Trust on Mondays and Wednesdays and our Friday Fellowship lunches and talks on alternate Fridays. There are often literary or arts events and concerts in the Church and for more information please see our weekly programme ( for details.

The St. Michael's Cafe
We recently rebuilt the church interior. The St. Michael's Cafe is now run by the church with the twin aims of providing hospitality and generating income to give away to those in need. We currently support ASHA   in New Delhi. We are also delighted to see so many people to coming into the church to find some peace and stillness and to pray. We do need such spaces in our busy world.

So, come and join us for a cup of coffee, a piece of cake or a light lunch in our beautiful building. We are open from 10.00am - 4.00pm Monday to Saturday.

We have lift access up to the cafe, and are particularly pleased to see children.


St. Michael's Venue Hire
To find out about events at St. Michael's or hiring our venue, please visit our website: 

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